White paper
May 2016
Xperia™ X
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Table of contents
Product overview ........................................................................................................2
Highlights ...............................................................................................................2
Facts – dimensions, weight, performance and networks ......................................3
Categorised feature list ..........................................................................................6
Technologies in detail .................................................................................................9
Accessibility and Usability ...............................................9
Device-to-device communications (local) ...........................................................10
Bluetooth® wireless technology ......................................................................10
Wi-Fi® ..............................................................................................................11
DLNA Certified™ (Digital Living Network Alliance) ..........................................12
Messaging ...........................................................................................................13
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) .............................................................13
Email ................................................................................................................13
Positioning – location based services .................................................................14
Provisioning (OMA CP) ........................................................................................14
Multimedia (audio, image and video) ...................................................................15
Synchronisation (OMA DS, EAS, Google Sync™) ...............................................17
Web browser .......................................................................................................17
Memory in Android™ devices .............................................................................18
Trademarks and acknowledgements ..................................................................22
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Product overview
Highlights
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23 MP main camera with Predictive Hybrid Autofocus
13 MP front camera for low-light selfies
5” HD curved class display
Up to 2 days* battery life
23 MP main camera with Predictive Hybrid Autofocus
The Xperia™ X features Predictive Hybrid Autofocus, which predicts the next motion and lets you capture
action and movement in a bright, blur-free shot. You select a focus object and your camera tracks it
automatically as it moves. The focus stays clear and your keeps your subject sharp. Our fastest camera
yet goes from standby to capture in less than 0.6 seconds. With quick start up, Predictive Hybrid
Autofocus and faster image processing, you can capture the most spontaneous moments.
13 MP front camera for low-light selfies
Now you can capture low-light shots with both cameras. Want to take a selfie at a party, or maybe capture
the details of a beautiful cityscape at night? With the Xperia™ X you get clear, sharp shots even in low
light.
5” HD curved glass display
The Xperia™ X has a curved glass display that covers the full width of the phone. With a full-width display,
the screen size is maximized without having to make the phone any bigger. Everything you see is more
vivid on this Full HD display with Sony’s built-in BRAVIA® TV technologies.
Up to 2 days* battery life
Do more with up to 2 days* of battery life. The Xperia™ X brings you up to two days of battery power with
a single charge.
* Battery life has been measured against the Sony Mobile Communications AB smartphone usage profile,
defined in September 2014 to represent the typical smartphone user’s active condition, including, but not
limited to a range of different usage scenarios.
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Facts – dimensions, weight, performance and
networks
Operating system
Google™ Android™ 6.0.1(Marshmallow)
Processor
1.8 GHz / 1.4 GHz Qualcomm MSM8956 Hexa Core 64-bit
GPU
Adreno 510
Size
143 x 69 x 7.7 mm
Weight
152 g
Available colours
White, Graphite Black, Lime Gold and Rose Gold
SIM card
Nano SIM
Main screen
Colours
16,777,216 colour TFT
Resolution
Full HD 1080x1920 pixels
Size (diagonal)
5.0 inches
Scratch-resistant
Yes
Input mechanisms
Text input
On-screen QWERTY keyboard
Touch screen
Capacitive
Touch gesture
Yes – multi-touch, up to 10 fingers supported
Memory
RAM
3 GB
Flash memory
Up to 32 GB*
Expansion slot
microSD™ card, SDXC supported**
Memory card speed class
Class 10***
Memory card UHS speed
class
Class 1***
Camera
Camera resolution
23 MP
Digital zoom
8x
Clear image zoom
5x
Photo flash
Yes
Video recording
Yes
Front Camera
Yes - 13 MP front camera with Sony Exmor RS™ for mobile
sensor (1080p)
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ISO (Main Camera)
ISO 3200 maximum in manual mode
ISO 12800 maximum in Low Light mode for photos
ISO 4000 maximum in Night scene mode for video
Minimum focus distance
120 mm
Sensors
Accelerometer
Yes
Ambient light sensor
Yes
Barometer sensor
Yes
eCompass™
Yes
Game rotation vector
Yes
Geomagnetic rotation vector
Yes
Gyroscope
Yes
Magnetometer
Yes
Step counter
Yes
Step detector
Yes
Significant motion detector
Yes
Proximity sensor
Yes
Networks
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UMTS HSPA+ 800 (Band VI), 800 (Band XIX), 850 (Band V),
900 (Band VIII), 1700 (Band IV), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I)
MHz
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
LTE (Bands 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,12,17,19,20,26,28,38,39,40,41)
WLAN, 2.4G/5G, NFC
Data transfer speeds
GSM GPRS
Up to 107 kbps
GSM EDGE
Up to 296 kbps
HSUPA (upload)
Cat 6, up to 5.76 Mbps
HSDPA (download)
Cat 24, up to 42.2 Mbps
LTE Cat 6
Up to 50 Mbps (upload), up to 300 Mbps (download)
Battery performance
Talk time (GSM)
Up to 10 hours****
Standby time (GSM)
Up to 580 hours****
Talk time (UMTS)
Up to 14 hours****
Standby time (UMTS)
Up to 600 hours****
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Standby time (LTE)
Up to 540 hours****
Music listening time
Up to 64 hours****
Video playback time
Up to 10 hours****
Battery (Embedded)
2620 mAh minimum
* Memory comprises approximately 12.0 GB of firmware, plus 20.0 GB of “Internal storage” for music, pictures and movies, and downloaded applications and their data. For more details about memory, see
“Memory in Android™ devices” on page 19.
** SDXC theoretically can support up to 2TB card. However, 200 GB is the largest capacity of microSD
card available in the market as of January 2016.
*** This device meets the minimum hardware requirements to support Class 10 / UHS Speed Class 1 Flash
memory. Flash memory performance is dependent on the application and task being performed on the
device. If you would like to know about your memory card, refer to the technical specifications that came
with the card.
**** Values are according to GSM Association Battery Life Measurement Technique as performed in controlled laboratory conditions. Actual time may vary.
NOTE: The battery performance may vary depending on network conditions and configurations, and
device usage.
NOTE: The performance metrics are all measured under laboratory conditions.
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Categorised feature list
Call
Messaging
Applications
Answering machine*
Noise suppression
Smart call handling
Email
Multimedia messaging (MMS)
Text messaging (SMS)
Facebook™ application*
Introduction to Xperia™
Lifelog
What's new
Xperia™ Companion
Xperia™ News*
Xperia™ Lounge*
Entertainment
Organiser
Google
Movie creator
PlayMemories
PS4™ Remote Play
Radio (FM radio with RDS)*
Reader mode*
Sony Entertainment Network*
ActiveSync®
Airplane mode
Alarm clock
Calculator
Contacts
Queue background data
Setup guide
Smart cleaner
Sketch
STAMINA Mode
Stopwatch
Timer
Gmail™*
Google Calendar
Google Chrome™*
Google Drive
Google Docs, Sheets and Slides
Google Photos
Google Play™*
Google Play Movies & TV
Google Play Music
Google™ search*
Google Voice™ Search*
Google voice typing
Google Maps™ for Mobile with
Street view*
Google Wallet™*
Hangouts™*
Smart Lock
YouTube™*
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Camera
Music
Connectivity
- Photo
23 MP camera with Sony Exmor
RS™ for mobile image sensor****
24 mm wide-angle****
Predictive Hybrid Autofocus****
Quick Launch****
Flash/Pulsed LED****
Flash/Photo light****
Red-eye reduction****
Touch capture
Superior Auto
Image stabiliser
Geotagging
Self-timer
8x digital zoom****
5x clear image zoom****
Smile Shutter™
Object tracking****
HDR
Scene recognition
White balance
13 MP Front-facing camera with
Sony Exmor RS™ for mobile
image sensor***
- Video
Auto focus
Color & Brightness
Front-facing camera (1080p)***
Geotagging
8x digital zoom****
Smile Shutter™
Object tracking****
SteadyShot™
Scene recognition
Video recording
- Add-on applications
AR Effect
Creative effect
Face in picture
Sound Photo
Sticker creator
Sweep Panorama
Timeshift video
3D Surround Sound (VPT)
Album art
Automatic headset compensation
ClearAudio+
Clear Bass™
DSEE HX**
Dynamic normalizer
Low power audio playback**
S-Force Front Surround
Bluetooth® stereo (aptX®, A2DP,
LDAC)
Hi-Res Audio (LPCM, FLAC,
ALAC, DSD)
Hi-Res Audio via 3.5 mm audio
jack and USB
Music application
Stereo speakers
TrackID™
aGNSS
Bluetooth® 4.2 wireless technology
Cast
Device Connection
DLNA Certified™
HDCP
Media Transfer Protocol support
Micro USB support
MirrorLink
NFC
Screen mirroring
USB charging
USB Connection mode
USB High speed 2.0 support
USB Host
Wi-Fi®
Wi-Fi® Hotspot functionality
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast™
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Text Input
Hardware
Display
Auto rotation
Gesture input*
Handwriting recognition for Japa- Glove mode
Screenshot capturing
nese Keyboard
Smart backlight control
On-screen QWERTY keyboard
Super-vivid mode
Predictive text input
TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile
X-Reality™ for mobile
3.5 mm audio jack Digital Noise
Cancelling (DNC)
Fingerprint sensor*****
Live Color LED
* This service is not available in all markets.
** This feature is only available when you play music using the Music application.
*** This feature is only supported by the front camera.
**** This feature is not supported by the front camera.
***** This feature is not available in the US market.
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Technologies in detail
The information presented in this section is a general overview of the technology incorporated into the
product. However, hardware and software levels of compliance to standards and specifications vary
between products and markets. For more information, contact Sony Mobile Developer World or the
relevant Sony representative.
Accessibility and Usability
Talkback*
Yes
Captions*
Yes
Magnifications gestures*
Yes
Large Text*
Yes
High Contrast Text*
Yes
Power button ends call*
Yes
Auto-rotation*
Yes
Speak Passwords*
Yes
Accessibility Shortcuts*
Yes
Text-to-speech output*
Yes
Touch and hold delay*
Yes
Color Inversion*
Yes
Color correction*
Yes
Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC)
Yes
Teletypewriter (TTY)**
Yes
* Android Marshmallow feature. Subject to possible change in future releases of Google™ Android™.
** The TTY feature is for deaf or hearing-impaired users.
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Device-to-device communications (local)
Bluetooth® wireless technology
Bluetooth® profiles supported
Advanced Audio Distribution Profile v1.2
Audio/Video Remote Control Profile v1.3
Device Identification Profile v1.3
Generic Access Profile
Generic Attribute Profile Client/Server over LE
General Audio/Video Distribution Profile v1.2
Handsfree Profile v1.7 (Wide band speech)
Headset Profile v1.2
HID over GATT Profile v1.0
Human Interface Device Profile, Host role v1.0
Messaging Access Profile v1.2
Object Push Profile v1.2
Personal Area Networking Profile v1.0
Phonebook Access Profile v1.1
Serial Port Profile v1.2
Core version and supported
core features
Version 4.2
Bluetooth Low Energy
Other supported features
aptX® CD quality audio streaming over Bluetooth®
LDAC High sound quality audio streaming over Bluetooth®
Connectable devices
Products that support at least one of the Bluetooth® profiles listed above.
Bluetooth® 4.2 accessories generally require the installation of a supporting application.
More information:
www.sonymobile.com/developer
www.bluetooth.com
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Wi-Fi®
Supported standards
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac and Wi-Fi®
Wi-Fi Direct™, Wi-Fi Protected Setup, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED
Passpoint™, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast™
Connectable devices
Wi-Fi® compatible devices
Wi-Fi® access points
Wi-Fi Direct™ compatible devices
Frequency band
2.4 GHz/5 GHz
Data transfer rate
Up to 433 Mbit/s
Security
Open Authentication
Shared Authentication
EAP-SIM
EAP-AKA
EAP-TLS
EAP-TTLS/MSCHAPv2
PEAPv0/EAP-MSCHAPv2
PEAPv1/EAP-GTC
WPA Personal and WPA2 Personal
WPA Enterprise and WPA2 Enterprise
Encryption
WEP 64 bit, WEP 128 bit, TKIP and CCMP (AES)
Power save
WMM-UAPSD
QoS
WMM, WMM Power Save
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DLNA Certified™ (Digital Living Network Alliance)
Supported Device Classes
M-DMS – Mobile Digital Media Server
Media Types: image, video and music
Summary: The digital media server exposes the media
files in your device to a Wi-Fi® network. The files can
then be accessed from other DLNA Certified clients or
Sony devices which support home networks.
M-DMP – Mobile Digital Media Player
Media Types: image, video and music
Summary: Play content stored on another device, for
example, a server or a PC, directly on your device.
M-DMC – Mobile Digital Media Controller
Media Types: image, video and music
Summary: A remote controller that searches for content
on another device and plays them on your device.
+PU+
Media Types: image and music
Summary: Play media in your device on another device,
such as a TV or a PC using 2 box push technology. +PU+
is integrated in the Album and Music applications.
+DN+
Media Types: image, video and music
Summary: Download content stored on another device,
for example, a server or a PC, and play the downloaded
content directly on your device.
+UDO+
Media Types: image, video and music
Summary: The digital media server also has the capability
to get uploaded files from other DLNA Certified™ clients.
Supported Bearers
Wi-Fi®
Wi-Fi Direct™
DRM Support
The DLNA Certified™ implementation does not support
DRM-protected content.
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Messaging
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service)
According to OMA Multimedia Messaging Service v1.0 + SMIL
Email
Bearer type (IP)
GPRS, EGPRS, UMTS, LTE, Wi-Fi®
Character sets
BIG5 Traditional Chinese
GB18030
ISO-2022-JP Japanese
ISO-8859-1
ISO-8859-2 Eastern Europe
ISO-8859-5 Cyrillic
ISO-8859-7 Greek
ISO-8859-9 Turkish
ISO 8859-11
KOI8-R Cyrillic
Shift_JIS Japanese
US-ASCII
UTF-16
UTF-8
Windows® 874
Windows® 1251 Cyrillic
Windows® 1252
Windows® 1254 Turkish
Windows® 1258 Vietnamese
Protocols
POP3 and IMAP4
Push email
Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® (EAS)
IMAP4 IDLE (RFC2177)
Secure email
SSL/TLS, both port methods (POPS/IMAPS) and
STARTTLS
HTML mail
Yes (read only)
More information:
www.sonymobile.com/developer
www.openmobilealliance.org
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Positioning – location based services
Supported standards:
• OMA Secure User Plane Location (SUPL) v1.0 and v2.0
• 3GPP™ Control Plane location (incl. Emergency location)
• Qualcomm® GPSOneXtra™
Supported satellite systems:
• GPS
• GLONASS
• BeiDou*
NOTE1: When needed, the device automatically uses a combination of all available satellite system to
accurately provide location information
* BeiDou satellites are not used for providing location information in U.S. territory.
Provisioning (OMA CP)
OMA CP version 1.1
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Multimedia (audio, image and video)
Audio Playback
Audio Recording
Image Playback
Image Capture
Decoder format
Supported in file format
AAC (AAC-LC, AAC+, eAAC+,
AAC-ELD)
3GPP (.3gp, 3gpp), MP4 (.mp4,
.m4a), ADTS (.aac)
ALAC
MP4 (.m4a)
AMR-NB, AMR-WB
3GPP (.3gp, .3gpp), MP4 (.mp4,
.m4a), AMR (.amr, .awb)
DSD
DSF (.dsf), DSDIFF (.dff)
FLAC
FLAC (.flac), Matroska (.mka)
MIDI
SMF (.mid), XMF (.xmf), Mobile
XMF (.mxmf), OTA (.ota), RTTTL
(.rtttl), RTX (.rtx), iMelody (imy)
MP3
MP3 (.mp3)
PCM
WAV (.wav), AIFF (.aiff)
Opus
Opus (.opus), Matroska (.mkv)
Vorbis
OGG (.ogg), Matroska (.mkv)
WMA
ASF (.wma)
Encoder format
Supported in file format
AAC (AAC-LC, AAC+, AAC-ELD)
3GPP (.3gp, .3gpp), MP4 (.mp4,
.m4a)
AMR (AMR-NB, AMR-WB)
3GPP (.3gp, .3gpp), MP4 (.mp4,
.m4a), AMR (.amr)
Decoder format
Supported in file format
BMP
BMP (.bmp)
GIF
GIF (.gif)
JPEG
JPEG (.jpg, .jpeg)
PNG
PNG (.png)
WebP
WebP (.webp)
Encoder format
Supported in file format
JPEG
JPEG (.jpg)
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Video Playback
Decoder format
Supported in file format
MPEG-4
3GPP (.3gp, .3gpp), MP4 (.mp4,
.m4v), Matroska (.mkv), AVI
(.avi), Xvid (.xvid)
H.263
3GPP (.3gp, .3gpp), MP4 (.mp4,
.m4v)
H.264
3GPP (.3gp, .3gpp), MP4 (.mp4,
.m4v), Matroska (.mkv)
H.265
3GPP (.3gp, .3gpp), MP4 (.mp4,
.m4v)
Xvid
AVI (.avi), Xvid (.xvid), Matroska
(.mkv)
VP8
WebM (.webm), Matroska (.mkv)
VP9
WebM (.webm)
Encoder format
Supported in file format
MPEG-4
MP4 (.mp4)
H.263
3GPP (.3gp), MP4 (.mp4)
H.264
MP4 (.mp4)
H.265
MP4 (.mp4)
VP8
WebM (.webm)
Audio/Video Streaming
Streaming transport
HLS
HTTP progressive streaming
RTSP
DRM
DRM (Digital Rights Management) –
features the rights and copy
protection of downloaded content
OMA
OMA DRM v1.0
Widevine Level 1
PlayReady DRM (available in
specific regions)
Video Recording
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Synchronisation (OMA DS, EAS, Google Sync™)
OMA Data Synchronisation protocol versions 1.1.2 and 1.2
OMA Data Formats: vCard 2.1, vCalendar 1.0
Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® protocol version 2.5
Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® protocol version 12
Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® protocol version 12.1
Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® protocol version 14
Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® protocol version 14.1
Google Sync™
Related information:
www.sonymobile.com/developer
Web browser
Google Chrome™ for Android™ is pre-installed in markets/regions where no restrictions apply.
Related information:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.android.chrome
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Memory in Android™ devices
To use Android devices efficiently, users should be aware of the different types of device memory. This
knowledge is important in order to understand, for example, where data such as music, photos and
videos is saved; how many apps can be downloaded from Google Play™; and how photos can be copied
to a PC.
Information regarding memory presented in this section may be useful to developers when optimising
applications for mobile devices.
Generally, all Android devices share the same basic memory setup. What differs is how much memory is
available to you via the different types of memory, and whether your device uses an external SD card or an
internal memory chip. Any information specific to the particular device model described in this White
Paper is noted as such.
Types of memory
The types of memory described and numbered below are consistent with the terminology used in Sony
mobile device menus and in other content relating to 2015 Xperia™ devices:
1. Dynamic Memory (also known as RAM) is used by applications that run when the device is turned on.
The amount of Dynamic Memory influences how many applications and operating system services can
run at the same time. The Android operating system automatically closes applications and services
that are not being used.
However, such automatic functionality has limits. For example, if a lower amount of free RAM is
available to applications after a new release of the operating system (due to increased capabilities in
the system), device speed will eventually be impacted. This is the main reason that a device cannot be
indefinitely upgraded to newer releases of Android™.
If you experience problems with RAM, for example, if the device runs slower than usual or if the Home
application restarts frequently when you leave an application, you should minimise the use of apps that
run all the time. Social networking apps that connect and update their data online and animated
backgrounds are examples of apps that are always running and affect RAM performance. To minimise
RAM issues, you could also consider using a static wallpaper instead of a live wallpaper.
To see which apps and services are currently active, go to Settings > Memory. You should have at
least 50 MB, and ideally 100 MB or more, of free RAM to avoid slowdowns and application restarts.
You should also be aware that if you update the device to a later Android release, the load on the builtin Dynamic Memory will increase due to the addition of more features. As a result, the device may run
slower after an update.
The Xperia™ X has 3 GB of RAM available to the Android OS and any installed applications. 200 MB of
the total RAM is in use during normal operation when the user starts using the device out of the box.
2. System Memory (also known as “System partition” or “/system”) is used for the Android OS and for
most applications that are pre-loaded from the factory. This type of memory is normally locked, and
can only be changed through a firmware upgrade. There is usually some free space available in this
section of memory. However, since it is locked, you cannot save apps, photos or any other content to
this memory. System Memory is reserved for future firmware upgrades, which almost always need
more memory than the original firmware. You cannot see or influence the use of this memory.
3. Internal Storage is referred to as "working" memory. It can be compared to the C: drive on a PC or
to the startup disk on a Mac.
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This type of memory is used to store all application downloaded from the Google Play™ Store (and
other sources) as well as their settings and data (such as emails, messages and calendar events, for
example). All applications have an allocated area for application data. Memory dedicated to an
application is inaccessible to other applications.
Some game applications also store content such as game music and game level information outside
their own designated area. In most cases, an application can choose to save its data in a location of its
own choosing (outside the protected application settings area). Generally, such content is not deleted
when an application is uninstalled; it must be removed manually by connecting the device to a
computer with a USB cable, or by using a file manager application.
Internal storage is also used for all added user content. For example, photos taken using the device's
camera, media files downloaded from the Internet and file transfers are stored in this area. Typical user
content includes:
• photos
• movies
• music
• Email attachments
Internal Storage will tend to fill up as a result of normal usage. Devices with a large initial Internal
Storage can handle more applications and store more user content.
If the Internal Storage starts to get full, the device slows down, and in some cases it might no longer be
possible to install more apps. You should always ensure that you have at least 100 MB of free Internal
Storage. If not, you should consider removing some apps that you seldom use, or move content that
you do not frequently access to external storage.
You can see approximately how much Internal Storage is free in Settings > Storage & USB. You can
also view more details about how much memory is used by applications under Settings > Apps. In
the Xperia™ X, about 20 GB of Internal Storage is available out of the box.
Please note that in Sony Mobile 2015 products, “Internal Storage” is now the combination of what was
previously known as “Device Memory” or “Phone Memory” (for applications and their data – also
previously known as “/data”) and “Internal Storage” (for user’s content – also previously known as “/
sdcard”). The changes in Internal Storage were made so that memory usage could be more flexible
and to allow encryption of user content.
Memory card slot
Some products include both a large internal memory and a built-in memory card reader. Android manages
devices with a built-in memory card reader and internal memory differently from a device that includes
only a built-in memory card reader.
Since most applications expect only a single location for storage, such applications will not generally
allow you to SAVE anything to the memory card (i.e., they do not offer the option to choose a storage
location). However, some applications (for instance, the Sony Mobile “Camera” application) may actually
allow you to do so. Other applications, for example, backup applications such as the Sony Mobile
“Memory” application, will by definition be configured to copy content from the Internal Storage to the
external SD card.
On the other hand, when it comes to reading from an external SD Card, you will be able to access content
(for example, videos, photos and music) on a memory card inserted in this slot without any special
consideration since the Android system searches all available memory for content. Therefore, such
products may be regarded as supporting a fourth type of memory, called “External Card” or “SD Card”.
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4. SD Card (known as “/ext_card” from a programmer’s point of view, or by other names in other Android
products) is the name for the removable SD memory card in all 2015 Sony Mobile products. As
described in the previous section, this External Card memory is generally more limited in that any
application can read from it, but many applications cannot save to this card. Only a few applications,
including backup applications and file manger applications, have the capability to save to this card.
Backing up data to different memory types
Generally, you should not save photos, videos and other personal content solely on the internal memory
of a device. If something should happen with the hardware, or if the device is lost or stolen, the data
stored on the device’s internal memory is gone forever.
In a device where an SD card reader is the main memory, it is relatively easy to take the card out and copy
all content to a PC or Mac, or to an entertainment device with a memory card slot. In a product featuring
Internal Storage as the main memory, it is not possible to physically remove the memory. Instead, any
critical or high-value content must either be copied to an external SD card by a special backup
application, transferred to remote storage over a network (mobile or Wi-Fi), or to a computer via a USB
cable.
To facilitate the transfer of data via a cable, the Xperia™ X supports Media Transfer Protocol (MTP), which
makes it possible to easily transfer content back and forth between your device and a Windows® PC or
an Mac® computer. This application is called Xperia™ Companion and it can be downloaded from the
Xperia™ X support page.
Note that you do not need to back up or make a copy of applications that you have downloaded from the
Google Play™ Store. They can normally be downloaded again after you have set up your Google account
to work in a new device (or in a device where the memory has been completely erased).
Note 1:
Some Android devices, including Sony Mobile devices from 2012 and Sony Ericsson devices from 2011
and earlier, do not use a single “Internal Storage” for both applications (and their data) and user content.
Instead, these devices use either an external SD card for user content, or a corresponding area of internal
memory to reproduce the functionality of an SD card. In such devices, there is a fixed limit between the
application area (“/data”) and the user content area (“/sdcard”), with the result that user content can build
up and reach this limit. When the user content reaches this limit, no additional data can be added using
any application. For example, the camera application would no longer be able to capture additional
photos even if a considerable amount of free space was available in the application area. This limit also
applies to the application area. Downloading and installing new applications would not be possible even if
there was enough free memory in the user content area.
Note 2:
Some devices with integrated storage have abandoned the distinction between the application area and
the content area when it comes to a Factory Data Reset. As a result, there is no option in such devices to
perform a Factory Data Reset and preserve content. In such devices, all content is completely deleted
from the device when a reset is performed.
In contrast, Sony Mobile’s memory integration solution makes it possible to preserve user content in this
situation. Therefore, when performing a Factory Data Reset, the default action will still be to only remove
applications and their data, and an option box must be checked if all content is to be removed as well (as
might be desirable when selling the device second-hand).
Note 3:
For a developer, it is important to note that from a programming point of view the location names used to
refer to the different memory areas described in Note 1 are still valid, i.e., the area used for applications (“/
data”) is still present, as is the area used for content (“/sdcard”).
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In reality, “sdcard” is a “symbolic link” to “/data/media”. However, from inside an Android application, “/
sdcard” can still be used. For example, you can use “sdcard/DCIM/100Android” to find all camera
images. The continued use of “/sdcard” to access the content area ensures compatibility across different
products and Android releases in this regard.
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Trademarks and acknowledgements
All product and company names mentioned herein are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their
respective owners. Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved. All other trademarks are property
of their respective owners.
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